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Facts about Gag Grouper
Gulfwide. Adults are found from 60 to 250 feet deep and occasionally to over 500 feet. Gag tends to orient themselves around some sort of bottom relief, rocks, reefs, shipwrecks, or offshore oil and gas platforms. Size is related to water depth, with average size increasing as the water becomes deeper. Young fish can be found in near shore waters and even bays and other estuarine waters.
Gag are most identifiable by their lack of distinguishing features. Their body color is an overall mottled gray. The darker body marking may be arranged in "kiss-shaped" patterns, slightly
resembling the box-shaped patterns on the true black grouper. They lack the streamer-points on the tail fin that scamp and yellow mouth grouper have and lack the yellow color in and near their mouths. They most closely resemble the black grouper, but are lighter in color.
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